On Saturday April 10 Amanda Payton died after being involved in a car crash in Mt. Vernon Township IL. According to police Payton an 18-year-old high school senior was riding in a vehicle driven by another person when the incident occurred. The driver allegedly crashed on Davis Road but the exact cause of the incident is still under investigation. Somehow Payton became trapped underneath the vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to nearby hospital. No charges have yet been filed but the investigation is ongoing.
Losing someone you love in a fatal incident like this is a devastating experience. As investigators examine this incident they may find that the victim died due to another persons negligence (in cases where a passenger is killed in a wreck the vehicle’s driver is sometimes held liable for the victim’s death). In such an event the victims family may attempt to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Unfortunately this is almost never a simple task. I have worked on cases like these for twenty years and in my experience people may go to great lengths to avoid being found responsible for this type of incident. In truth however the law is designed to protect the victims and their families in these situations. With a legal professional with wrongful death experience helping you build a solid case you can make sure that those responsible for the death of your loved one are held accountable for their negligence.